From Savannah to the Tennessee line, we were all over the first round of the state basketball playoffs tonight. While there were some upsets - such as Redan and Savannah Christian going down - perennial powers like the Miller Grove boys and Wesleyan girls rolled past out-matched opponents.
In possibly the best matchup of the night, No. 9 Milton defeated No. 7 Parkview in the Class AAAAA girls bracket.
A strong fourth quarter helped Milton to a 46-36 Class AAAAA first round playoff victory over No. 7 Parkview.
The Lady Panthers trailed by just one at halftime, but in the second half, No. 9 Milton took control behind the scoring of Nicki Dixon and the post play of Tori Waldner. The Lady Eagles came out strong in the final stanza and increased their lead to 15.
Dixon finished with 18 points, while Waldner finished with 12 points, 10 boards, and six blocks.
Beach 50, Colquitt County 45: Two Lady Packers fouled out in the fourth quarter while Amber Curtis had 13 points in the host Lady Bulldogs’ win. Maranda Trim led Colquitt County with 16 points.
Etowah 44, Duluth 43: McKeinsey Irvin made one of two free throws with seconds remaining, as the host Lady Eagles advanced. Etowah was led by Stephanie Huffman’s 12 points while Joi Jones scored 11 for Duluth.
Hillgrove 73, Luella 50: The Lady Hawks lead 25-7 after one quarter and cruised to victory. Celina Rodrigo and Reka Hall had 17 points. Britney Guy had 31 in a losing effort.
McEachern 66, Westlake 53: Dominique Wilson had 24 points for the Lady Indians who rolled past host Westlake. McEachern led 28-21 at the half. Aisha Turner and Ashley Johnson each scored 13 for Westlake.
North Gwinnett 70, Woodstock 44: North Gwinnett point guard Lexi Brown just missed a triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and 6-foot-3 forward Peyton Whitted added 19 points and 10 boards.
Alcovy 64, Hardaway 60: Megan Tucker had 28 points for host Alcovy while Lady Hawk Kym Ellison led all scorers with 29. The Lady Tigers were 25 of 37 from the charity stripe.
Douglas County 70, Sequoyah 50: The Lady Tigers moved to 28-0 as Latara Spriggs had a game-high 22 points. Christin Mercer had 10 points and 19 boards, and Kristina Wells added 17 points.
Mays 48, Flowery Branch 43: The Lady Raiders emerged with a narrow overtime victory on the road. Christie Ware had 16 points and Mariah Dean checked in with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Miller Grove 45, Rockdale County 38: Tabitha Fudge led Miller Grove with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Tashi Thompson scored 10. Portia McCray had 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Chestatee 36, LaGrange 29: Peyton Robertson scored 12 of Chestatee’s 14 fourth-quarter points, including six straight free throws with less than 40 seconds to go. She finished with a game-high 20 points.
Dalton 66, Washington 39: April Besley scored 17 in the win for the undefeated Lady Catamounts. Jkecia Hutchinson had 15 points in a losing effort.
St. Pius X 52, Pickens 44: Emma Ucinski led St. Pius X with 12 points, Sydni Payne had 11 and Dylan Krause added 10. The Lady Golden Lions outscored Pickens 16-7 in the third quarter.
GAC 60, Union Co. 42: Superior depth helped the Spartans wear down the visitors after a slow start. Brianna Cumming paced the victors with 18 points, while Chandler Alverson had 10.
Seminole County 48, Savannah Christian 46: Kelly Reid finished with a game-high 22 points for Savannah Christian, but missed a potential game-tying shot with seven seconds remaining.
Wesleyan 77, Warren County 32: Holli Wilkins led Wesleyan with 14 points, and Brittany Stevens had 12 points and eight steals to improve the Lady Wolves’ record to 27-2.
Miller Grove 101, Cedar Shoals 52: The host Wolverines led 33-16 after one period and 58-26 at the half. Six Miller Grove players scored in double figures including Tony Parker, who led all scorers with 21 points.